By People Staff
Updated October 15, 2009 12:00 AM
Joe Schildhorn/Sipa; Jerritt Clark/WireImage

Let’s face it: Some of the best Real Housewives moments (from any franchise) happened when someone new encroached on the nouveau-riche territory of the existing cast. Cases in point: Tamra Barney and Vicki Gunvalson‘s disdain (and later sabotage by tequila) of new gal Gretchen Rossi (and to a lesser extent, Lynne Curtin) on Orange County, NeNe Leakes and Kandi Burruss‘s back-and-forth “ghetto” insults on Atlanta and the fireworks between Bethenny Frankel and newbie Kelly Bensimon on New York‘s season 2.

So, fans of the drama can expect plenty of priceless episodes as two new faces join Frankel, Bensimon, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin on The Real Housewives of New York City‘s third season.

Sonja Morgan (left), a former model and friend to European royalty and fashion designers alike, is a single mother of a 9-year-old daughter. According to a press release from Bravo, she “loves art, decorating, gardening, skiing and visiting France every chance she gets — be it for her charity work or just for pleasure.”

And Jennifer Gilbert, a successful and award-winning entrepreneur who owns multiple companies, has been married for seven years and has three children. Still, with a motto of “Why cook when you can cater?” Gilbert and her husband, who love to entertain, are able to find time to host dinner parties every Saturday night.

The Real Housewives of New York City‘s third season has already begun production and will air in 2010. –Michael Y. Park

Tell us: Are you happy they’re adding two women into the New York City mix? Who will they get into drama with?Joe Schildhorn/Sipa; Jerritt Clark/WireImage